How to Make a Live Christmas Wreath

The holidays are here and that means everyone is decking their halls with their favorite decorations. Even though there is a trend towards artificial decor, there are a lot of benefits of bringing traditional, live plants in your home during the holidays. 

Even though live, artisan wreaths can cost a decent amount of money, the secret the big stores want to is that a fresh, DIY wreath is super easy to make (and look beautiful). It smells delicious, adds a natural touch to your decor and makes a great gift for anyone in your circle.

Materials

  • 12″ Metal Wreath Form
  • Floral wire
  • Fresh greenery—Pine, spruce, holly, cedar, magnolia—whatever you like best! You can either source this greenery from your yard OR I like to go to a local Christmas tree lot and ask for their scraps from when they trim sold trees. In my experience, they are more than happy to give you all the greenery your heart desires! 
  • Pine cones, ribbon, and other accessories—I love a simple fresh greenery wreath, but if you want to dress up your wreath with pine cones, ribbon, twine or bows—go for it!

Directions

1.  Trim your greenery into 6"-12" sections. Choose a firm branch with a stem that is thick enough that it will not bend easily. Add other cuttings of different foliage on top and gather the bunch in your hand. Snip off any long stems.
2. Using the floral wire, wrap around the bunch and the wreath frame together a few times until secured. For the first bunch, wrap the floral wire around the metal to hold it in place but do not cut the end of the wire.
3. Gather a second bunch of foliage. Lay this bunch overlapping the twine securing the first bunch to the wreath. Wrap wire around the base of the new bunch a few times and fix onto the wire frame. 

5. Secure the final bunch by gently lifting the foliage from the first bunch and tucking the stems underneath it. Secure with wire and tie off the final bunch with a extra twists around hte frame.

6. Now take a last look at the wreath. You can tuck in a few more greens to even out the design, trim extraneous ends or add a few embellishments such as pinecones, berries, ribbons or even ornaments.
7. Hang and enjoy! 

 

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